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London police charge 26-year-old in bananagate

Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:14 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 2:18 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The London, Ontario police received some tips yesterday about the identity of the person who threw a banana onto the ice when Wayne Simmonds of the Flyers was competing in the shootout last week. On Wednesday, the department leviedcharges on 26-year-old Christopher Moorehouse under the trespass to property act, a provincial statute. John Matisz, writer for the London Community News, first reported from the police briefing.

Frank Seravalli at the Philadelphia Daily News had more.

"Mr.Moorhouse has been served with a part three summons, and if convicted of this offence -- could be liable to a fine of not more than $2,000," police chief Brad Duncan said. "This is a provincial offense and not a criminal charge, and will be dealt with in the provincial offenses court.

The fine is little comparted to the shame and ridicule Moorehouse will receive for having committed the act with racial undertones, considering Simmonds is black. On that front, the London police decided against charging Moorehouse with a hate crime.

"We took a very, very careful look at the circumstances and in this particular case it did not meet the threshold of a hate crime," Duncan said. "You have to demonstrate the incident was motivated by hatred - but the circumstances, and the statements that we've received, would not meet that threshold of a hate crime."

The Flyers soon released a statement after the arrest, thanking the London police for pursuing the case.

"We would like to express our gratitude to the City of London, the police department and the many fans who came forward with information leading to this arrest," team president Peter Luukko said. "We fully support the efforts to prosecute this individual. We have zero tolerance when it comes to this type of foolish behaviour. We will not tolerate it at the John Labatt Centre nor any of the other facilities we manage. The Philadelphia Flyers look forward to our annual preseason game next fall and playing again in our home away from home, the John Labatt Centre."

Moorehouse has retained council, according to the London police. Moreover, the "individual has indicated he is sorry" for the incident. I'd imagine so.

"I want the public to let him have his day in court ... we don't want individuals deciding to take action," Duncan said.

The court process might still have some time to go, but the court of public opinion won't likely wait. Moorehouse will have to deal with that part himself.

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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 6:39 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 6:19 pm
 

London police charge 26-year-old in bananagate

So its alright to call someone a f*g, but throwing a banana on the ice gets you a $2,000 fine and the possibilty of being charged with a hate crime? Insane. They're both complete idiots for what they did. Wonder what Kobe thinks?



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:22 pm
 

London police charge 26-year-old in bananagate

I'm just impressed this guy actually brought a banana to a hockey game, and didn't eat it before the shootout.  Keeping those things from going to mush when you travel is impossible.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:14 pm
 

London police charge 26-year-old in bananagate

No sympathy fpr the actual skater though huh?  I think we know what you real point is.  It isn't like the douche didn't throw the banana, and though not charged, intelligent observers know why.


Sympathy? You mean sympathy for the poor, delicate, millionare hockey player? That banana must've crushed his fragile soul. The same sensitive guy that ended up using "hurtful" words to Sean Avery a few days later. I guess Wayne Simmonds must be just as "Evil" and unsalvageable as this Moorehouse monster. Just shows you how psychotic the PC crowd is, villifying people for one poor decision that may or my not be racist/homophobic, and in all reality rolls right off the back of the alleged "victim" (unless they're "sensitive").



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:06 pm
 

London police charge 26-year-old in bananagate

Wow, nice job CBS Sports for posting a photo of a guy who ISNT BEING CONVICTED OF A HATE CRIME. Who will probably now be a victim of a hate crime himself. Did you even confirm that he is the right person involved? Way to be judge, jury and exocutioner. I am in no way saying what he did was not offensive but c'mon man, you are not helping matters!
No sympathy fpr the actual skater though huh?  I think we know what you real point is.  It isn't like the douche didn't throw the banana, and though not charged, intelligent observers know why.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:02 pm
 

London police charge 26-year-old in bananagate

AGREED!



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:01 pm
 

London police charge 26-year-old in bananagate

Wow, nice job CBS Sports for posting a photo of a guy who ISNT BEING CONVICTED OF A HATE CRIME. Who will probably now be a victim of a hate crime himself. Did you even confirm that he is the right person involved? Way to be judge, jury and exocutioner. I am in no way saying what he did was not offensive but c'mon man, you are not helping matters!



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:58 pm
 

London police charge 26-year-old in bananagate

Just wondering... When will you idiots stop adding "gate" after every f*****g thing and realize that it isn't clever or funny in any way?



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:56 pm
 

London police charge 26-year-old in bananagate

If I knew what brainless white trash ate I still wouldn't throw it at him.

This almost made milk come out of my nose... very funny!

Stupid, impulsive act or vicious hate crime; either way this kid is going to be sorry he did it.  I do agree that if he's a hate-monger this is a pretty light slap, though.

On the devil's advocate side, I hope the London police got the right guy because I've already almost lost interest in the story and a retraction and 'Oops, he wasn't guilty after all' probably won't register a blip on the public's radar while this fella is now linked to this stupidity.

Sorry to see Wayne go from the Kings, but I'm happy to have Mike Richards in the fold.  As long as the Kings schedule team skates during happy hour, we should have a solid year! ;)



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:49 pm
 

London police charge 26-year-old in bananagate

I am glad Canada is enforcing the law. This is a major offense, we need to lock up these foolish frat-boy types, they are a MENACE TO SOCIETY!!!  Unlike rolling out the welcome mat for boatloads of Tamil Tigers (militants from Sri Lanka), offering them asylum and all the government goodies that come with it. Ahh yes, the West does away with itself once again.


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